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Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse

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Famine, Death, War, and Pestilence: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the harbingers of Armageddon — these are our guides through the Wastelands...

From the Book of Revelations to The Road Warrior; from A Canticle for Leibowitz to The Road, storytellers have long imagined the end of the world, weaving tales of catastrophe, chaos, and calamity. Gathering together the best post-apocalyptic literature of the last two decades from many of today's most renowned authors of speculative fiction, including George R. R. Martin, Gene Wolfe, Orson Scott Card, Carol Emshwiller, Jonathan Lethem, Octavia E. Butler, and Stephen King, Wastelands explores the scientific, psychological, and philosophical questions of what it means to remain human in the wake of Armageddon.

Review:

"This harrowing reprint anthology of 22 apocalyptic tales reflects the stresses of contemporary international politics, with more than half published since 2000. All depict unsettling societal, physical and psychological adaptations their authors postulate as necessary for survival after the end of the world. Keynoted by Stephen King's 'The End of the Whole Mess,' the volume's common denominator is hubris: that tragic human proclivity for placing oneself at the center of the universe, and each story uniquely traces the results. Some highlight human hope, even optimism, like Orson Scott Card's 'Salvage' and Tobias Buckell's 'Waiting for the Zephyr.' Others, like James Van Pelt's 'The Last of the O-Forms' and Nancy Kress's 'Inertia,' treat identity by exploring mutation. Several, like Elizabeth Bear's 'And the Deep Blue Sea' and Jack McDevitt's 'Never Despair,' gauge the height of human striving, while others, like George R.R. Martin's 'Dark, Dark Were the Tunnels,' Carol Emshwiller's 'Killers' and M. Rickert's 'Bread and Bombs,' plumb the depths of human prejudice, jealousy and fear. Beware of Paolo Bacigalupi's far-future 'The People of Sand and Slag,' though; that one will break your heart." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"With this well-chosen set of postapocalyptic stories, editor Adams provides a bit of everything that is best about the trope....A well-chosen selection of well-crafted stories, offering something to please nearly every postapocalyptic palate." Booklist

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pdx lydia, January 8, 2010 (view all comments by pdx lydia)
"Wastelands" is a near perfect collection of stories about the end of the world. It's rare to find a collection where every story is excellent, all but a couple I found fascinating, horrifying and sometimes jaw dropping. Surprisingly, the author did not include any zombies in any of the stories, appropriately saving those for other collections which focus on that genre. A selection of well written and thought provoking stories carefully and well chosen make this one of my favorite short story collections, I highly recommend it to all fans of sci fi, horror and novels of the apocalypse!
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pdx lydia, January 8, 2010 (view all comments by pdx lydia)
"Wastelands" is a near perfect collection of stories about the end of the world. It's rare to find a collection where every story is excellent, all but a couple I found fascinating, horrifying and sometimes jaw dropping. Surprisingly, the author did not include any zombies in any of the stories, appropriately saving those for other collections which focus on that genre. A selection of well written and thought provoking stories carefully and well chosen make this one of my favorite short story collections, I highly recommend it to all fans of sci fi, horror and novels of the apocalypse!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781597801058
Author:
Adams, John Joseph
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Editor:
Adams, John Joseph, Editor
Author:
King, Stephen
Author:
Martin, George R. R.
Author:
Doctorow, Cory
Subject:
Science Fiction - Short Stories
Subject:
Science fiction, american
Subject:
End of the world
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Short Stories
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.5 in

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Product details 352 pages Night Shade Books - English 9781597801058 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This harrowing reprint anthology of 22 apocalyptic tales reflects the stresses of contemporary international politics, with more than half published since 2000. All depict unsettling societal, physical and psychological adaptations their authors postulate as necessary for survival after the end of the world. Keynoted by Stephen King's 'The End of the Whole Mess,' the volume's common denominator is hubris: that tragic human proclivity for placing oneself at the center of the universe, and each story uniquely traces the results. Some highlight human hope, even optimism, like Orson Scott Card's 'Salvage' and Tobias Buckell's 'Waiting for the Zephyr.' Others, like James Van Pelt's 'The Last of the O-Forms' and Nancy Kress's 'Inertia,' treat identity by exploring mutation. Several, like Elizabeth Bear's 'And the Deep Blue Sea' and Jack McDevitt's 'Never Despair,' gauge the height of human striving, while others, like George R.R. Martin's 'Dark, Dark Were the Tunnels,' Carol Emshwiller's 'Killers' and M. Rickert's 'Bread and Bombs,' plumb the depths of human prejudice, jealousy and fear. Beware of Paolo Bacigalupi's far-future 'The People of Sand and Slag,' though; that one will break your heart." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "With this well-chosen set of postapocalyptic stories, editor Adams provides a bit of everything that is best about the trope....A well-chosen selection of well-crafted stories, offering something to please nearly every postapocalyptic palate."
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